Governing Body Lay Member, Healthwatch Somerset
Judith has a commitment to representing patients’ interests in the NHS. Since retiring she has been a public governor for West Somerset at Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust for the last six years. She chairs the Patient Care group which has an oversight of patient experience and is also involved with, and monitors, the key performance indicators. Over the last two years these have been around improving discharge processes and end of life planning. This has given her an insight into the difficulties faced by not just acute trusts but also the Somerset community.
She is Chair of North Petherton Patient Group and attends the Bridgwater Bay and Somerset Health Forums. Judith is an executive member of Healthwatch and is a lay observer for them on the Health and Wellbeing Board and the CCG Council of Governors.
Judith has a BSc(Hons) in environmental science and worked in the nuclear industry for many years. She was a special project manager for a range of projects for the company, such as encouraging the public understanding of science. She has always been interested in education and worked specifically to encourage girls to consider science and engineering as a career. Judith ended her career working as a lay inspector for education for Ofsted leading inspections in all phases of education including special schools.